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Olaf’s Corner is a column devoted to the stories and adventures of Nat Hab’s Chief Exploratory Officer, Olaf Malver. This column is Olaf’s “virtual voice”—a chance to hear firsthand accounts of adventures in the field, riveting personal stories from Olaf’s role as a head guide pushing the adventure frontier to the next level, and his perspectives as a deeply concerned conservationist. Through Olaf’s eyes, experience what it feels like to be a vitally alive human dealing with the raw emotion of adventure—fear, joy, exhilaration, self-doubt, gratitude…and the sheer pleasure of achieving wisdom through exploration.



Biophilia: A Passionate Love for Nature | Olaf’s Corner

Biophilia: A Passionate Love for Nature | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver April 19, 2018 0

There is nothing more satisfying than when our travelers experience “that one magic animal encounter moment in the wild,” whether it is a few seconds of eye contact with the infinitely wise eyes of

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Majestic Mountains and the Death of a River | Olaf’s Corner

Majestic Mountains and the Death of a River | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver March 19, 2018 0

The Cordillera Andina is arguably the most impressive contiguous mountain range in the world, stretching 4,500 miles from the coastal plains of the Venezuelan Caribbean through Patagonia down to Cape Horn at the southern

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Follow Your Kinski | Olaf’s Corner

Follow Your Kinski | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver January 8, 2018 0

My traveling buddy and I had just spent a horrible night north of the Guatemala border. All the cheap hotels in the dusty Mexican outpost of Tenosique were full, so we ended up in

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San Blas, Panama—Where Women Rule! | Olaf’s Corner

San Blas, Panama—Where Women Rule! | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver December 14, 2017 0

“Vamanos, mujeres!” That was the insistent invitation from a large Cuna mamacita brandishing a grinning mouthful of golden teeth and a half chewed-up cigar. Wearing a red headscarf, arm and leg beads, gold nose

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Te Ika Nui in Milford Sound, New Zealand | Olaf’s Corner

Te Ika Nui in Milford Sound, New Zealand | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver May 18, 2017 0

The islands of New Zealand are lands full of surprises, contrasts and sensory overload! These differences are found in the varied landscapes, from glacier-covered alpine peaks to subtropical rain forests to sparkling, 21st-century cities

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Madagascar Adventure! | Olaf’s Corner

Madagascar Adventure! | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver February 9, 2017 0

Jonathan did not look well, as I leaned him gingerly against the tall baobab tree under the sweltering Malagasy sun. His sweating face was pallid, his eyes flickering and he shook his head with

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